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David Bowie’s son pays tribute to mark what would have been his 71st birthday

Director and screenwriter Duncan Jones – and son of the late Davie Bowie – has paid tribute to his father on what would have been his 71st birthday.

Jones, who recently launched the David Bowie book club in honour of his father, took to social media to display a card he sent his father two years prior.

“8th of Jan again. A strange feeling for me,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “I know how excited dad was to have a grandson on the way, & I made this card for his birthday having told him a month earlier he was going to be a grandad. Makes me smile at our shared goofy sense of humour. Happy birthday dad!”

Earlier today, to mark the occasion, Parlophone Records have released a previously unreleased early demo of his 1983 hit single ‘Let’s Dance’.

The track, which became a major worldwide hit and featured on the 1983 album of the same name, was recorded a year previously after Nile Rodgers travelled to Bowie’s home in Switzerland to work on new material.

“I woke up on my first morning in Montreux with David peering over me,” Rodgers explained in a statement. “He had an acoustic guitar in his hands and exclaimed, ‘Nile, darling, I think this is a HIT!’

“The time we spent mixing it just before Christmas was full of tears as it felt like David was in the room with us. Happy Birthday David, I love you and we all miss you!”

Listen to the track, here.